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Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed

WHEN:
Aug 20, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE:
UnQuarked
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
SPEAKER:
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
CONTACT:
Stacy Baker
(505) 664-0244
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TYPE:
Public Event
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Event Description

Open to all ages.

With all the wonders of modern medicine, it may seem bizarre that the most likely place to contract and die from an infection is in your local hospital. One of the leading causes of death each year, sepsis takes the lives of over 250,000 Americans annually. This exaggerated response to infection is extremely time-consuming to diagnose, making speedy treatment and recovery far less likely than we’d like. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection. Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about this potentially life-saving sensor, how it mimics our own immune system’s response strategy, and what it means for health on a global scale.